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The National Labor Relations Board Returns an Economic Weapon to an Employer’s Collective Bargaining Arsenal

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In 2015, the Obama-era National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision in Lincoln Lutheran of Racine,  362 NLRB 1655, providing that an employer’s obligation to “check off”, or deduct, union dues from the paychecks of union-member employees survived the expiration of the applicable collective bargaining agreement between the employer and union.  Accordingly, employers lost a key negotiating tool that they had held for some time.

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2020 H-1B Lottery Will Take Place Early Based on New Filing Rules

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it has finished testing the pilot H-1B registration process for the upcoming H-1B work visa season.  Historically, the H-1B visa lottery would take place the second week of April, after the H-1B filing season would open on April 1st.  Under the new H-1B registration system, the lottery is expected to take place during the second half of March.
What is the H-1B visa?

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Goats on the Roof: Iconic Wisconsin Restaurant Wins Trade Dress Dispute

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If you’ve ever vacationed in Wisconsin’s Door County, you’re undoubtedly familiar with Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant.  More specifically, you’ve probably seen the groups of goats contentedly grazing on the restaurant’s green sod roof.  What you may not know is that the famous Door County eatery actually owns U.S. Trademark Registration No. 2,007,624 for trade dress that “consists of goats on a roof of grass.”  

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The Nuts and Bolts of Court-Ordered Mediation

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Conventional wisdom tells us that mediation works best when it is voluntary.  So why do judges regularly force litigants into mediation? Perhaps it’s because they know reality to be something quite different than what conventional wisdom has to say about it. Namely, that mediation, whether voluntary or coerced, often helps litigants avoid unnecessary and costly litigation.

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Responding to a Patent Infringement Cease and Desist Letter

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Competing in today’s business climate is difficult enough without the addition of legal headaches.  But legal conflicts are part of modern business and sometimes arise in the form of a cease and desist letter from a patent owner.  These letters follow a familiar form where a patent owner identifies the patented invention, claims that your product uses it without permission, and demands that in the very near future you either pay up, stop the activity, or both.  Of course the short deadline is meant to turn up the heat and put you on defense. 

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